People Share How Their High School Crush Ended Up

Oh to be 17 years old with a crush on the guy from the football team. There are few things you experience in life that are more wholesome than a good old-fashioned high school crush.

However, when you toss your graduation cap and move on to new things, you tend to leave your crushes behind too. One Reddit user asked people what happened to their high school crushes and where they’re at today, and the results did not disappoint.

From Awesome To Still Awesome

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Subtle Cinematics // Text Credit: Reddit / Vandelay222

“My first high school crush who sat next to me in freshman year English was a really cute punk rock girl, and she’s gone on to become an incredibly hot fitness model.”

You’ve got to appreciate someone who is consistent.

They Got Happily Ever After

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Jessica Rockowitz // Text Credit: Reddit / AssociationHuman

“They both ended up as great guys. One has a huge family and is a minister. The other only has one child and is a college professor.

“Both married nice people and seem to be very happy.”

Imagine Seeing Your Crush Eating Cereal In An Ad

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Skycraft Studios // Text Credit: Reddit / BitwiseB

“Began acting. It’s weird. Every so often I’ll see a commercial or something and be like, ‘Oh, I know them!’

“My crush is an incredibly sweet person, so I’m glad.”

Isn’t It Nice To Reconnect?

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Yogas Design // Text Credit: Reddit / crazedSquidlord

“I found her on Tinder—she said I was hot. I pointed out that I was that loser she used to know in high school. Had a big laugh.

“Been a little over a year, now we send each other memes and hang out occasionally.”

She Never Had A Chance

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Christian Buehner // Text Credit: Reddit / MelScarn

“He’s an attractive gay man. I am none of those things.”

Perhaps it’s better to know that the reason things never worked out with you and your crush is that they never were interested in women at all.

Honestly, Same

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Text Credit: Unsplash / Taylor Deas Melesh // Text Credit: Reddit / kmabamk

“They’re making me wonder what I ever saw in them.”

I think back to the guy I had a crush on in high school and internally cringe at how bad my taste was.

Okay, That Was Not What I Was Expecting

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Photo Credit: David Dermer / Diamond Images / Getty Images // Text Credit: Reddit / _losthighway_

“I remember walking up to her and asking if we could talk in private, and she said you can say what you need in front of everyone (her group of friends were all around). So I asked if she wanted to go on a date. She burst out laughing and said, ‘Um, no.’

“Anyway, I looked her up last year and she’s a cage fighter now.”

He Was What??

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Photo Credit: Mark Wilson / Getty Images // Text Credit: Reddit / account_-_throwaway

“His friend murdered him over a girl.”

One of the horrible inevitabilities about growing older is seeing some of your peers pass away, but you never expect them to get murdered.

I Want What She Has

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Keren Levand // Text Credit: Reddit / SignUp12345678910

“She’s still hot, successful, and now a wealthy entrepreneur. She married someone with the same first name as me and who quit his job to brew beer.

“I crushed on her for a bit but didn’t think she was interested so I dated others; I came to find out she crushed on me in senior year after the fact.”

If It’s Meant To Be, It Will Be

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Drew Coffman // Text Credit: Reddit / Pineapple-dancer

“He’s now my husband! Our first marriages didn’t work out and we reconnected after our divorces.

“If only I would have confessed I had a crush on him in high school: I might have saved myself a lot of trouble.”

That’s A Pretty Great Title To Hold

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / NeOnbrand // Text Credit: Reddit / ripAccount35

“One is a teacher and musician. We’ve kept in loose contact via social media and ran into each other at a New Year’s Eve party shortly before she got married.

“I was introduced to her now-husband as her ‘favorite ex ever.’ He seemed like a decent dude and I’m happy for her.”

Before He Had Spidey Senses

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Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for Disney // Text Credit: Reddit / 5im5am

“My friend’s high school crush was Tom Holland—as in they went to the same school.”

I wonder if this friend is a huge fan of the Marvel movies or if watching them makes her sad.

She’s Winning At Life

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Science In HD // Text Credit: Reddit / sderou20

“She’s now an insanely talented molecular biology researcher at Boston. And she’s still really attractive.”

Is there anything more validating of your tastes than seeing your crush turn into an extraordinary person?

That Took A Sharp Turn

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Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images // Text Credit: Reddit / frijolita_bonita

“She became a professional cheerleader and then she died from breast cancer at 34. Googling names from high school is crazy!”

Reading this gave me emotional whiplash when it pulled a 180.

Had Them At “Romeo And Juliet”

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / ThisIsEngineering // Text Credit: Reddit / vouch4meplz

“My English teacher still looks fine as hell.”

Okay, but out of all the teachers in your high school, why was is it that the History and English teachers were always the hot ones?

That’s Pretty Tragic, Really

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Anthony Tran // Text Credit: Reddit / USPO-222

“My only girlfriend in high school was my crush. Her mom banned her from dating me after about a year because she admitted to her mom that we were fooling around. This was about 20 years ago.

“She’s still living with her mom, no kids, and as far as I know, never dated seriously again after her mom broke us up. Still has the same job from high school, too. It’s like her mom went way into protective overdrive and my former girlfriend never grew up.”

He Just Leveled Up

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Brooke Cagle // Text Credit: Reddit / SnooLobster3372

“He’s doing good for himself! He’s grown emotionally, has a seemingly healthy relationship with a longtime girlfriend, and is working healthily on all his career and personal goals.”

Even if they’re not in your life anymore, it can be really heartwarming to know that your old crush is doing well and growing as a person.

This Man Has Been Through It

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Adhy Savala // Text Credit: Reddit / theMycon

“He had a rollercoaster of a life. I admire him more than ever, but can’t wrap my head around why I ever found him physically attractive. Maybe it was always just his heart.

“By age 25, he had a PhD, a wife, and was a captain in the navy. By 30, he had two PhDs, a small business. By 31 he was diagnosed with stage-4 skin cancer. He was told he had minimal chance of making it 5 more years. Even with the best health insurance money can buy, it still basically wiped him out. Seven years later, he’s living comfortably and spends most of his free time advocating for better public health care.”

Memes Are The One Thing That Connects Us All

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Jozsef Hocza // Text Credit: Reddit / Press-f-to-oof

“He was this nice cool guy who would consistently post memes and stuff on social media. Then two or three years later, he deleted all of his social media.

“I don’t have his phone number or know any friends that know him so I don’t know how he’s doing but I hope he’s well.”

Good Luck, Dude!

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Nayeli Rosales // Text Credit: Reddit / I_Like_To_Hunt_Eggs

“She’s about to be my fiancée if all goes well!”

As much as I am a cynic, I do kind of love when high school sweethearts make it to marriage.